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Red Cape Publishing are proud to announce the release of D is for Demons on August 5th 2020

Red Cape Publishing are proud to announce the release of D is for Demons on August 5th 2020

Within these pages you will find a collection of thirteen terrifying stories from some of the finest independent writers on the scene today. From the disturbing to the humorous, the gruesome to the psychological, D is for Demons contains a range unsettling stories that will make you sleep with the lights on!

D is for Demons features some of today’s best independent writers includes stories by Jessica Clem, Matt Doyle, Carmilla Voiez, Lesley Drane, David Green, P.J. Blakey-Novis, Molly Thynes, D.S. Ullery, Bryan Miller, J. Herrera Kamin, Mark Anthony Smith, Charles R. Bernard, and Dona Fox.

Paperback and digital versions of D is for Demons are included in Kindle Unlimited at https://mybook.to/Demons4 and are available to pre order on Kindle for just 99p until the release day.

D is for DemonsPaperback also available from Barnes & Noble

You can find out more about Red Cape Publishing at www.redcapepublishing.com

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Carnival Of Gore (2020) [Review]

Carnival Of Gore (2020) [Review]

Canadian director, Patrick Fortin brings us his first full-length feature movie after making a series of shorts for his movie label, Goriest Production! This was definitely different than I was expecting. I was expecting a movie with all new footage, but what we mostly have is extended, re-edited footage from 2 of his short movies, “Love Me Clowny” and “Gorefest 2” with some newer footage added and some added creepy and bizarre music courtesy of James Bell! I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed by that, BUT it does NOT mean I didn’t enjoy this movie!

The first 2 thirds is mostly footage taken from “Love Me Clowny” and it starts out pretty goofy with a male and female clown skipping around and doing goofy things to each other, but once they break into an abandoned house and rip open 2 black garbage bags, things get a little darker and creepier at least for a bit. Not super gory at this point, but still nasty and super bizarre enough to be enjoyed. Definitely enhanced by the added footage and music too! Some nice torture and cannibalism towards the end of this part definitely picked things up too!

The final third of the movie with mostly footage from “Gorefest 2” is where the gore and bizarreness levels really go up! Not much plot here, but that didn’t bother me because the incredibly bizarre atmosphere and overflowing amounts of gore definitely make up for that! Lots of spewing blood, green goop, and blue sludge will definitely quench the gorelust for gorehounds! A psychotic looking female clown goes on a rampage and an extremely gory death is the result.

This was recently released on DVD by Putrid Productions/Vile Video Productions! This is a movie I definitely recommend checking out whether you’ve seen “Love Me Clowny” and “Gorefest 2” or not. Don’t expect a lot of plot in this movie, but if you enjoy extremely bizarre and creepy atmosphere with some REALLY good gore, you’re definitely going to wanna see this one! Looking forward to the next movie of Patrick Fortin!

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Detroit Driller Killer (2020) [Review]

Detroit Driller Killer (2020) [Review]

 

This is an unofficial remake of Driller Killer (1977) directed by Matt Jaissle of The Necro Files and Back From Hell fame and a really impressive one too! This time instead of a starving artist in New York City that snaps and slaughters people with a power drill, a starving screenwriter in Detroit snaps and starts slaughtering people with a power drill! This one might be a little less serious and more tongue-in-cheek (and I don’t mind that style at all), but still super bloody, really grimy, and never boring at all!

As far as the gore goes, there are some nice and bloody as hell drillings! Some are really quick with minimal blood, but most are nice and gruesome with plenty of blood spray! On top of that there’s a bludgeoning of multiple people at once that was nasty and had me laughing my ass off at the same time! Most of the blood-soaked killings reminded me of low-budget German gore and that’s far from an insult because I LOVE German gore movies!

This movie just came out and seems to be getting a decent amount of hate from fans of the original Driller Killer and I don’t understand why. Just because this movie was made for a fraction of the original doesn’t make it a terrible movie! This movie is every bit as bloody and grimy if not more! Great fast pace, super grimy atmosphere, great dialog, and entertaining blood-soaked drilling action! Matt Jaissle and crew did an amazing job with this one! Recently released by SRS Cinemas on very limited blu ray (already sold out) and VHS! Hopefully more releases soon so check the Facebook and Storenvy pages of Matt’s company Videvil Video.

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Morbid Stories (2019) [Review]

Morbid Stories (2019) [Review]

 

Morbid Stories, this horror anthology brought to you by Phil Herman’s Avail Entertainment starts with the wraparound segment where a woman who’s preparing to start her day hears a radio broadcast warning that full blown chaos has erupted everywhere! Each segment that follows includes the horrific events leading up to this day.

 

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Horror comedy novel MY BFF SATAN by Kyle Rader available now on Kindle and Paperback

Horror comedy novel MY BFF SATAN by Kyle Rader available now on Kindle and Paperback

Horror comedy, MY BFF SATAN by Kyle Rader is availble now on Kindle and Paperback

Something is wrong in Hell.

A mysterious ritual gone awry has bound Satan to the soul of the very ordinary and very confused Mikaela, latching onto her on the day she was born.

The Devil and Mikaela are not the best of friends, he being a fallen angel consumed by never dying flames, her being an awkward lesbian dominatrix unable to maintain a relationship.

His powers greatly diminished and unable to return home, Satan and Mikaela settle into a ceasefire as they try to maintain the semblance of a “normal” life while investigating the magic spell that binds them together.After a chance encounter with a dark sorcerer reveals a possible counter-spell that will separate them and with their future in the balance and a conspiracy of rather irritated demon-bureaucrats and ancient sorcery closing in on them, the unlikely duo must decide to work together to prevent the total destruction of the entire universe.

The book is available to buy on Amazon here:

About Kyle Rader

Kyle Rader is Superman with a gun.

He’s also a writer of all things big and small. Author of 3 novels and over twenty short stories(and counting), most days he trudges along through the monotony of daily life waiting for when he gets to have time to sit down and write. Last he checked, he lives in New England and enjoys playing guitar poorly, yelling at his television, and annoying his long suffering wife and newborn son who is way too awesome to be hanging around with him.

If you like what you read, want to discuss living the Beard lifestyle, the writing life, or ask him if Batman could beat Superman (Nope), head over to the Contacts page and drop him a line.

Check out some of his published Short Stories in the Short Stories Page.
Check out his Author Page on Amazon
Find the author on his website

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Celebrating Seasonal Slashers

Celebrating Seasonal Slashers

In the spirit of Christmas and all that is good, I  wanted to celebrate some seasonal slashers with our followers. I will also be listing my personal top ten Christmas themed horror films of the last fifteen years.
Whilst researching the various slashers created for the festive season, I compiled a list of the popular and even lesser known holiday horror films. I also tried to investigate other holiday themed films for the December festivities, but alas nothing yet has been created for Kwanza and the first Hanukkah film will be released in 2020. It shall be titled Hanukkah and stars the late Sid Haig and horror alumni PJ Soles. The link for the trailer is listed below:

Originally the most thrilling tale told at Christmas was Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, which follows Christmas Eve of one man Ebeneezer Scrooge and his visitations by three ghosts trying to convince him to be a better person. It has been adapted into countless films, since 1901.
Horror took over in the 1970’s and the inception of the holiday slasher took shape with filmmakers  beginning to create freakish festive feature films.

Here is a list of Holiday Horror to keep any genre fan happy during their Christmas Celebrations ………

Silent Night Bloody Night (1972- which got a UK remake in 2013 called Silent Night, Bloody Night:The Homecoming)

Black Christmas (1974- remade in 2006 and again in 2019)

Christmas Evil (1980)

Gremlins and Don’t Open Til Xmas (1984)

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984, plus part 2 in 1987, part 3: Better Watch Out in 1989, part 4: initiation in 1990, and part 5: The Toymaker in 1991. There was also A film released called Silent Night in 2012, that is considered part 6)

Elves (1989)

Santa Claws (1996)

Jack Frost (1997- plus a sequel Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman in 2000)

The Christmas Season Massacre (2001)

Dead End (2003)

Silent Night, Zombie Night (2009)

Christmas Horror Story , and Krampus: The Reckoning (2015)

Krampus: Unleashed (2016)

Better Watch Out, and Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

Now I know many will say I’ve skipped some of those favourite new wave holiday slasher films, but I assure you I haven’t . For the last fifteen years Christmas Craziness has been much sought after and I’ve compiled a list of the ten most interesting Seasonal Slashers from 2004 to 2019. This list includes independent films, mainstream releases, foreign horror, Gory fun and comedic gems.

INSIDE (2007) aka A L’Interieur
This French horror film centres on the lives of two women at Christmas. Following a tragic accident, they have been unknowingly thrust into each other’s lives as one takes it upon herself to try and steal the Unborn  baby of the other. This is not for the squeamish and it gets quite balls to the wall in parts. I advise watching the original film and not the 2016 remake. It lacks much of the pacing and fear of the plot.

Inside (2007)

KRAMPUS (2015)  
Starring Australian actress Toni Collette (Hereditary, The Sixth Sense), this entry came out around the same time as other Krampus themed films. What differs this from the rest, is it’s ability to be both fun and frightening. It may not be shit your pants, nightmare inducing but it’s an enjoyable watch with a good solid cast.
Krampus (2015)

RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE (2010) 
What makes this seasonal horror from Finland, a priority to watch during the holidays is it’s uniqueness. It is set in Lapland and focuses on some British drillers who stumble across Joulupukki (a figure within Finnish folklore, who evolved in the modern era into Santa Claus). It’s a great little film and features some interesting plot developments.
Rare Exports :A Christmas Tale (2010)

SINT (2010) aka Saint
This entry from the Netherlands is hugely popular with the Dutch and saw an international release, gaining moderate notoriety in Australia. It is a completely psychotic twist on the legend of Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) and features him as a murderous maniac. It’s fantastic!

Sint (2010)

CANNIBAL CLAUS (2016) 
This is the first, of two, popular indie horror releases from the USA on this list. From filmmaker Sean Donohue, comes his sexually gratuitous and fun creation, with plenty for the fans of Sleaze Box films during Christmastime. It is jam packed with a who’s who of indie celebrities including Bob Glazier, Ashley Lynn Caputo, Paula Tsurara, Cayt Feinics, Amanda Welch, Kristal Pixie Adams, Lisa Marie Kart, and Eric Danger Dione.

Cannibal Claws (2016)

RED CHRISTMAS (2015) 
This film hails from the land downunder (Australia) and always makes me wonder how Dee Wallace Stone got cast in it. It centres on the pro life debate and focuses on an abortion many years before, basically coming back to haunt the mother. This is done as Cletus, the now adult child who has severe deformities. Of course nothing goes to plan and Cletus becomes a murderous maniac, taking out the family one by one at Christmas. Who will survive?
Red Christmas (2015)

CHRISTMAS CRUELTY! (2013) aka O’Hellige Jul! or O’Holy Christmas!
This Norwegian Christmas horror film has been likened to the old school Grindhouse films, in terms of gore, for its no holding back style of violence. The story revolves around three Christmas celebrators being hunted by a serial killer dressed as Santa Claus. One review states “two hours of holly jolly torture porn”, which is what all hardcore genre fans want.

THE GINGERDEAD MAN (2005)  
If you want psychotic deranged killer cookies, then look no further! This is the perfect film for you. The Gingerdead Man features a cookie made using a drop of blood, that comes to life and begins murdering people. Sounds crazy!?! Well yeah it is, but it’s actually very entertaining. He’s an ugly little guy, but he’s fun to watch. Featuring Gary Busey perfectly as the voice of the crazed cookie, this film spawned two sequels including  The Gingerdead Man 2: The Passion of the Crust in 2008 and The Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver in 2011.

The Gingerdead Man(2005)

ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE (2015)  
Our second indie horror entry from the USA, comes from filmmaker Todd Nunes. The story centres on a five year old girl who goes missing and adults creating a horrid urban legend about the girls mother Mrs Garrett. Fast forward fifteen years and we come to the present day. Rachel has returned home for the holidays and a killer dressed as Santa is murdering once again. Who is the killer? And does this all tie into Jamie Garrett’s disappearance all those years ago? This film is a fun watch and features Ashley Mary Nunes and Jessica Cameron .

All Through the House (2015)

SANTA’S SLAY (2005) 
The last entry on our list of ten seasonal horror faves of the last fifteen years is Santa’s Slay. Utilising the beefiness of WWE star Goldberg, this film focuses on a crazed strongman version of Santa , riding his sleigh led by his Hell Deer as he kills people. Let’s just say this made the list because of its pure hilarity. It’s awesome, and my guilty pleasure during the holidays. I’m sure I’m not alone in enjoying it for a good laugh.
Santa’s Slay (2005)

I hope these films help you find your perfect horror viewing during the holiday season and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and May everyone enjoy the Holiday season with horror in their hearts ♥️

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[short film review] Daughter of Dismay.

[short film review] Daughter of Dismay.

As the first independent horror short in the history of cinema to be shot on 65mm film, the plot of ‘Daughter of Dismay’ tells the surreal and mystical tale of a witch, an emotionally broken woman who enters the deep of the woods to fulfill her biggest desire, her most heartfelt wish, for which she takes extreme and radical measures, measures that will have sinister consequences, leading to a heartbreaking and deeply melancholic finale. Portrayed in stark black and white images, the film will be an epic, moving and emotional trip through a world of witchcraft and occultism, focusing on a different kind of witch than usually portrayed in media, one that doesn’t focus on cliched depictions of devil worship, but on a much deeper and more human side, one that many will find very much relatable.

Daughter of Dismay won Best Cinematography in a short at Nightmares Film Festival! Thanks much to everyone who attended and saw it in its full 70mm glory.

Let me start by saying the ONLY complaint about this film: I wish there were more. Within seconds I was hooked to the final moment where I yelled. Can I have more?! James Quinn delivers a fantastic film that doesn’t need to be cliche, no heavy metal soundtrack, but he accompanies this film with that of classical music. The music helps along with the beautiful cinematography where we follow along in peace until he delivers the penultimate scene of the sacrifice the “mother” makes mind you. I have to admit Watching the amazing FX it begs the question: How was it done?! I could ask James, who is a friendly and professional director just how, but honestly, that’s the thing I don’t want the magic to reveal itself. Only because I don’t want to ruin the magic of the film (no pun intended) As stated the cinematography is beautiful. A short film shot in 70mm film deserves to be seen on the big screen, preferably at night to take in the atmosphere of the film, made by a group of professionals taking the time and care for this as if it was their child. James Quinn has an eye for horror, and I can’t wait to see what projects he gives us.

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Monster Reviews: My Soul To Keep 2019

Monster Reviews: My Soul To Keep 2019

When you’re younger, life is full of wondrous mysteries and hidden magic. At times you feel as if you have a real connection with the universe. You believe you’re invincible, and the stories of monsters and the things lurking in the shadows are just a little less frightening.

My Soul to Keep is a 2019 horror film, written and directed by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad. It stars Parker Smerek, Remington Gielniak, Arielle Olkhovsky, Brandon Matthew Layne, Maria Wasikowski and Emmanuelle Turco. Nine-year-old Eli Braverman believes that there’s a monster living in his basement, and it’s trying to steal his soul.

This film is absolutely brilliant. A beautifully stylized throwback to the classic monster movies of the ’80s. The filmmakers manage to expertly capture the essence of what it’s like to be a child. It’s scary, imaginative, pulse-pounding fun.

MSTK is one of those films that really stick with you. It elicits a strong emotional response and really tugs at the heartstrings. You’re immediately hooked and constantly on the edge of your seat – drawn like a moth to a flame. The performances are strong, captivating and truly incredible. 

The acting in this film is excellent. Parker Smerek is fantastic as the main character Eli. You build a bond with the kid and can’t help but root for him in his quest against the so-called Burgly Monster. Remington Gielniak is also great as Eli’s best friend Sam. Gielniak is charming and hilarious and keeps the film upbeat despite its grim, threatening tone. The two actors seem to have real chemistry which translates perfectly to film.

Another great performance came from Arielle Olkhovsky as Hillary, the girl in Eli’s class who has a crush on our main protagonist. She’s mesmerizing and engaging, regardless of her limited screen time. However, the best portrayals come in the form of Brandon Matthew Layne as Eli’s dad and Emmanuelle Turco as Eli’s evil older sister.

Turco is fantastic as the mean, wicked older sister. She plays the part well and really sells the sibling rivalry. The best though comes from Brandon Matthew Layne as Eli’s dad. He’s the perfect father figure and without a doubt binds the family together. He adds a believable and genuine appeal.

The sets are gorgeous and the exceptional use of angles and shadowing helps raise the creep factor. The editing is great and the costumes and makeup are terrific. However, the thing that escalates the tension is the score. It helps build the dark and menacing mood which seems to loom throughout, like a boogeyman stalking its prey. 

My Soul to Keep is an instant classic. A terrifying monster masterpiece. It’s original, spooky, nightmarish fun. It’ll scare the crap out of you. It’s an extraordinary, brilliant tale with one seriously shocking ending that you have to see to believe.

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Dracula’s Coffin movie review

Dracula’s Coffin movie review

Dracula’s Coffin,  a Hawthorne House Films and Barton CT Productions brings you a film by Stephen Wolfe. Based on the story by Brian Hardin II, Matt Spease and John Vasilio , Wolfe brings you…back in time with an 80’s feel to a story of blood, lust , hunters….and boners!

P.J. Starks (Volumes of Blood / Volumes of Blood :Horror Stories/ Volumes of Blood 3: Devil’s Night) , is  executive producer of the film, and when he reached out to me asking if I’d care to review a film that he was involved in, how could I say no!?!

Dracula’s Coffin is the story of young Josephine (Sarah Pohl) who is hired to house sit for a very horny Abe Vanhelsing (Matt Boca), who is on his way to Transylvania to go “hunting”. But before he does so , there’s only one condition…”Don’t go in the basement!” Well all is fine and dandy till her boy band boyfriend Freddy (Tim Robinson) comes over and insists they of course check out the basement.

Low and behold , Dracula’s Coffin is found, the lid is popped, and back from the dead Count Dracula(Justin Herman) comes ready to take vengeance, feed and rebuild his army .

A lot is packed into this film. A small cast, all very well acted. Strong production , sound and lighting really set the mood well.

The campy 80’s feel of the film sets the mood from the very beginning and stays true till the very end.

Dracula’s Coffin is a fun 26 minute short that will have you laughing out loud , feeling nostalgic and wanting to break out all the old classic vampire films. My opinion, this is a great film to show at any Halloween get together!

Keep an eye on Wolfe as his 2nd film Doll Factory will be out in late August , as well as he has signed on to be a part of Rocky Gray’s 10/31 pt.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers to you Stephen Wolfe, a job well done!!

 

 

Keep it evil.

 

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ONE MUST FALL movie review

ONE MUST FALL movie review

 

One Must Fall hits the indie horror scene, and it will not disappoint! I just finished watching the advanced screener sent to me by Antonio Pantoja who is the writer and director of the film! Antonio and I laughed and shared a friendly conversation a few days back on-line, and I do want to be sure to thank him for allowing me to view his movie!

One must fall about a small group of people who work for a crime scene clean up crew. These are the poor souls whose job it is to go in a clean up the mess after a body has expired. In other words, they get to mop up the brains and blood after someone blows their head off.

The crew finds themselves locked in an old abandoned warehouse where butchered bodies had been found from a serial killer that was on the loose. One by one staff members is found by the killer who remains at large in the building even after the murder scene been cleared by local police( Lloyd Kaufman).

Hacked, Skinned and even scalped our killer takes no remorse on his newfound victims. Chained to watch each other be brutally turned into filets, our killer (Barry Piacente) much in the sense of Hannibal Lecter, remains fresh and calm during his slayings. His killings are not senseless, not to him anyhow. He is the anti humanity killer if you will, he kills for all that is wrong with the human race. Piacente did a scaringly good job in his portrayal of a killer!

The film opens a bit slow and does take a bit to pick up, hell Antonio himself told me to get thru the first 25 minutes..and that is just what I did. Although for me, it was about the 45-minute mark when everything turned around, and the film had hit full speed. The fill does manage to add the perfect amount of suspense in with the gore.

In closing, One Must Fall is premiering at film fests, and if you are in the area I do hope you try to attend and support the film, you will not be disappointed as this is one I will be adding to my library.

My only wish for the film would have been for it to have had the chance to have been made with just a slightly higher budget, it indeed could have been that much better! Many indie films are real gems that are deserving of higher production; One Must Fall one.

But alas, Pantoja has a talent to be reckoned with and cant wait to see what he brings us in the next! Be sure to check out One Must Fall soon as you can!!

Keep it evil

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Monster Reviews: Space Trash Bag – short film

Monster Reviews: Space Trash Bag – short film

Every now and then you find those truly genuine pieces of horror cinema that just blow you away and leave you starving for more. They are usually few and far in between, but every once in awhile you get extremely lucky and hit the jackpot. While it may not be your typical horror film, Space Trash Bag is definitely a prolific piece of celluloid that needs to shared and spread like a disease.

Space Trash Bag is a Spanish splatter film, unlike any other other. It’s essentially a short film made up of a series of fake trailers, pieced together to form one viciously twisted piece of cinema. It’s similar to what Rodriguez and Tarantino did at the beginning of their Grindhouse films. Except this isn’t a combination of trailers of separate films. Instead, it’s a handful of trailers based on one individual film, Space Trash Bag.

Don’t let the complexities, or simplicity, of it fool you though. It delivers on all accords! It gets your blood pumping and raises your excitement, forcing you to crave more. The gore is absolutely phenomenal and stunningly elegant. It’s disgusting as hell, but just so damn beautiful at the same time. It’s seriously inspiring and just a thing of pure beauty.

Space Trash Bag is over the top ridiculous, but that’s the point. It’s meant to be silly and hilarious, while trying to make you vomit. The editing is fantastic and the sound was perfect executed. You find yourself wondering what the hell you’re watching, yet you still can’t peel your eyes away. The acting is great and the makeup and costumes blend together brilliantly and really help the film stand out.

The directing and cinematography are excellent and very accomplished. It’s really such an inspiring piece of work, displaying tons of talent and skill. The Trash Bag monster is pure nightmare fuel and is guaranteed to make any kid wet the bed. It’s without a doubt one of the coolest and scariest monsters to come out in a long time. It’s seriously some utterly brilliant film making.

The only problems this film seems to have, is budget issues. Never before have I wanted to see a feature film so bad, from just a few snippets of content. However, due to those budget constraints, we’re forced to take what we can get. And it’s unlikely we’re going to see a full length film featuring the amazing Space Trash Bag monster anytime soon. Although we’d desperately love to see one.

Unfortunately all we can do is share this film and help spread the word about how freaking awesome it really is. It’s definitely not something you see often and just overall a gracefully beautiful film. It’s exquisite and a real treat for the eyes – a horror/gore lovers delight.

So, if you haven’t checked out this inspiring piece of art yet, do yourself a favor and give it a run. It’s a brilliant piece of work and deserving of a feature production. It surprisingly awesome, and displays tons of talent, passion and intellect. It’s plain and simply just one bad ass piece of film.

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Gore Noir Needs Us To Help Keep Print Alive!

Gore Noir Needs Us To Help Keep Print Alive!

Something I truly enjoy is getting my hands on copies of magazines devoted to all things horror. There is just something about having a tangible, glossy paged collection of words, art, and  photos celebrating our favorite genre that I can’t get enough of. Someone that helps satisfy this need in myself is Mitch Rafter and his Gore Noir magazine.

I met Mitch a few years back in Austin, Texas during a Horror For The Holidays event sponsored by the good folks of Blood Over Texas. I went intent on snagging a copy of Mitch’s latest issue of Gore Noir; an incredible black and white coffin shaped edition adorned with a beautiful artistic rendering of Vampira. I was sold from this point on, and have continued to purchase his magazines and support his merch table at the various conventions where we would run into each other. 

For over eight years, Gore Noir has brought issues packed with photos, interviews, artwork, tattoos, as well as initiating horror themed events. This year the magazine will also be helping sponsor the sweet VIP bags for the famous 14th Annual Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas.

Gore Noir is really a spectacular example of how one die-hard horror fan turned their passion and talent into something for all of us to share and I hope it continues. Right now, with a little more than a week left, Gore Noir is raising funds for its next issue which will be a celebration of the iconic A Nightmare On Elm Street, featuring an interview with Lisa Wilcox, artwork by Michael Barentine and tons more. Mitch has much more to offer as well on the Kickstarter. Shirts, stickers, rare blood filled variant Gore Noir covers, back issues, even advertising space for those that seek it.

Each issue of Gore Noir is fucking goregeous and is crafted with a true indie spirit which I love to support and if you feel like you’re down to support as well, please visit the link to pre order the next copy of Gore Noir’s Nightmare on Elm Street tribute issue or simply donate a few bucks to this very worthy cause. Help keep print alive!

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An Indie double Feature: Auopssessed and Unplanned Parenthood

An Indie double Feature: Auopssessed and Unplanned Parenthood

Every once in awhile scrolling through your Facebook feed actually pays off. I’ve been friends with Emil (Johansson) Levin for quite some time, but just recently discovered he makes films. Not just any films, but my favourite kind, trashy, gory, indie films! It also turns out he’s a really nice guy and sent me a couple screeners and since they are shorts, I’m going to review them as a sick little double feature.

The first one I watched was called Auopssessed, the title is a combination of the words autopsy and obsessed. It’s pretty much what the title suggests. A young girl visits a “doctor” who basically performs a live autopsy on her and by live I mean she’s alive while he does it. She’s a willing participant and giggles through the entire thing. The doctor removes a bunch of her organs including some super beefy entrails and squishy, squirty mystery organs. The best part is when he pulls a used condom out of her and is assaulted by bodily fluids yelling “I got man splooge all over my scrubs”! His patient just giggles and continues to suck on her lolly seemingly enjoying the whole thing right up to and including the cannibalization of her intestines.

A fun piece of trivia about the film is that it was shot in roughly 2 hours and the budget was only 50$. The cameraman got a parking ticket while shooting and 40 of the 50 dollar budget went into paying the fine.

The second short and my favourite of the two is called Unplanned Parenthood. ***trigger warning*** if you are Christian, pro-life, Republican or easily offended skip the movie and this review.
A Christian missionary knocks on a pregnant “woman’s” door seeking donations. She asks the man what faith he’s in and then proceeds to tell him a wild tale of how crazy Christians are when it comes to planned parenthood and pro-life. She goes into great detail about a backdoor abortion clinic. Complete with coat hangers, Nazi’s, and an Alt right nut job. This film is really over the top, it’s a dick ripping, baby shooting, good time. I laughed a lot during the entire thing. Take a look at the trailer HERE

I hope to see more films from my Swedish friend Emil (Johansson) Levin in the future and hopefully his work becomes more available to viewers here in North America. You can watch some of his work here

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Ice from the Sun

Ice from the Sun

I had to wait a lot longer than I wanted to for Ice from the Sun. It’s fairly difficult to get in North America, but now that I’ve seen it I’m so glad I persisted. The film was really something special and Eric Stanze is a visionary director. I will be seeking out any and all of his other work.

Ice from the Sun is a gorgeous cosmic horror/arthouse film. Its storyline is ageless and intelligent. The film is independent and artistic in nature so in order to appreciate everything it has to say it requires patience and imagination, I feel that it’s worth it.

The story is an old as time tale of good versus evil. Demons, Angels, wizards, warlocks and human beings all fight for a foothold in this reality. An evil warlock named Aberdine takes ice from the sun to create an icy fortress for himself and his apprentice Abraham. In order to become his apprentice Abraham must perform an ultimate sacrifice to prove his worthiness, he must kill the woman he loves. He does so and remains by his masters side for many years in the fortress. Each year six humans are chosen to be transported to the fortress and killed, their souls trapped within the walls of ice for eternity. One day Aberdine chooses a new human apprentice and has Abraham locked away from reality. Abraham destroys Aberdine and the new apprentice and takes over, becoming the Presence. At the same time a young woman commits suicide but is kept from the afterlife by both angels and demons. She is chosen to destroy Abraham and is sent to his fortress with the next batch of six human sacrifices to end his existence.

Now take this epic fantasy storyline and throw in some gore, bondage, nudity, indie metal and you got yourself Ice from the Sun!

I found it got a bit long towards the end, but it was worth seeing through. It’s definitely more extreme arthouse than a gore film and I recommend it highly to fantasy and sci-fi lovers. There is absolutely nothing else like it. Check it out for a unique experience.

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Summer of 84

Summer of 84

My initial feelings about Summer of 84 was this is Stranger Things the movie. It wasn’t until the last 15 minutes that my opinion changed.

***This review will contain spoilers***

The film relies heavily on the nostalgia factor. The first shot is of 80s sneakers on the metal shin breaking pedals of a BMX bike. We get to reminisce about the fashions, the GI Joe walkie talkies, paper routes and simpler times. It’s almost a formulaic coming of age film that was heavily influenced by Stand by Me and The Losers Club (It). The characters are textbook, you have the geeky kid Curtis (Cory Guter-Andrew), the bad kid with a rough home life Tommy (Judah Lewis), the fat kid Woody (Caleb Emery), the smart kid Davey (Graham Verchere) and the girl next door Nikki (Tiera Skovbye from Riverdale). They each fit perfectly into a template.

The four outcast boys and the girl next door embark on a summer adventure together. A serial killer is on the loose in their town and they begin to put the clues together. Davey becomes convinced the killer is his neighbor a police officer named Wayne Mackey (Rich Sommer). They begin following Mackey around, break into his shed and dig up his garden. They discover a bloody shirt that they believe belonged to one of the missing kids. They go to Davey’s parents with the evidence and his parents are  outraged and make the boys apologize to Mackey. Davey still believes Mackey is the killer and convinces the others to help him break into a locked room in Makeys basement and record evidence. Here they discover the body of one of the missing kids and save a boy who was being held captive. As they’re leaving, they notice all the pictures on the wall are of his victims and there is a picture of Davey’s family implying he was going to be the next victim. They go to the police and a manhunt is issued to find Mackey. Woody spends the night at Davey’s and Mackey shows up in the middle of the night to kidnap them. A couple of major holes in the story at this point, I feel are why the hell no police detail was put outside Davey’s home and why the fuck no one noticed all the victim’s pictures hanging in his house. What kind of experienced serial killer especially a cop keeps his trophies in plain sight?!

From the time they break into the basement the movies tone completely changes, it goes from being a fluffy adventure to Gacy’s basement. The movie flips a switch and it gets fucking dark. Up until this point I didn’t realize how invested in the characters I was. When Mackey kidnaps the boys, he takes them to the woods and hunts them. They discover a huge pile of bodies in various stages of decay and Woody says how he can’t die he has to take care of his mom. Davey heroically tells him to run for the car while he distracts Mackey. Mackey catches poor Woody and slits his throat. It’s graphic and it sits with you like watching your childhood friend die. I wasn’t prepared for it because up until 4 minutes ago I was watching a completely different movie. While I was still wrapping my head around Woody’s death, Mackey captures Davey and rather than killing him he tells him he wants him to think about him. He’s going to kill him one day, but until that day comes, he’ll always have to be looking over his shoulder waiting. The ending is Davey riding his bike through town, where we see Nikki leaving forever and Tommy and Curtis no longer appear to be his friend possibly resenting him for the death of Woody. He says “every serial killer is someone’s neighbor” roll credits and we’re left to digest what the hell just happened.

Overall, I’d say it’s a good movie. It’s not original in its characters or plot, but the tone was something fresh. I was lulled into a false sense of security before being smashed in the emotions.

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Ouroboros short film review

Ouroboros short film review

When watching films we tend to forget that a lot of directors big or small started somewhere. Most directors do short films to add to their portfolio, an idea to show what they’re capable of or in some cases just to get their feet wet. They are pretty much everywhere and in the old days most short films were done on the family 8mm. With technology nowadays we can film everything on our phones or even on a tablet. I grateful enough to check out this short film by (David Teixeira) which he wrote and directed called  (OUROBOROS) The film is roughly about 11 minutes. The movie may not seem long for others but keep in mind 11 minutes can be brutal for pre and post production working to get it done right and make sure everything is good to go for film festivals or viewings among critics. The title of the film has a definition that explains the title for the audience. Most of the time I’m used to seeing a movie with music and then goes right into dialogue and action, this film has no real dialogue except screaming and a few lines of the title being repeated in the opening credits there’s music of that of a music box I waited patiently for the movie to begin, but it continued throughout the film all the way into the ending. At first I have to admit I was a little annoyed as well as confused. I gave the movie a few more chances to really dwell in, get the idea of the film, understand it. Which honestly I felt the director deserved since this is his film. Upon watching it a few more times I realized as stated before this film is just a film to be made to get something for the portfolio, get their feet wet if anything. The film is about A girl keeps having the same dream where she hurts herself on a finger, finds an abandoned castle and goes inside. One day she wakes up and she decides to visit the castle for good. Like an endless time loop. There’s no violence or gore, but overall the movie isn’t bad, good editing and the music does help keep the creepy tone of the film moving along. The director said he won’t be making it into a feature film,. but it’s interesting to see what else what he’ll do with his work or other projects

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Film review for the new film Triggered by Chris Moore

Film review for the new film Triggered by Chris Moore

After watching his first film Blessed are the children I immediately enjoyed the path that Chris Moore was going. When I heard about his second film, TRIGGERED I reached out to him and said, May I please see this movie as soon as possible not only to review but watch his progress into the horror industry grow. Upon watching the film, I was rest assured that Chris hasn’t lost his touch from his first film. The film Triggered like Blessed deals with topical issues that are relevant to still staying true to the 80’s vhs tapes you would see at the video store. Not the big budget 80’s horror movies but those small forgotten gems that when finally get a movie release the hardcore fans go nuts for. Triggered’s plot is: “Two teenagers fake an attack by a legendary serial killer for a little attention, but the plan backfires when this triggers the real killer to resurface and go after them.” Chris doesn’t waste time with panning shots of his town or even give us filler jokes that don’t apply to the scene. Given the title may turn some people off what with the cliché term used as an insult to someone. Don’t let that discourage you the film delivers promise with great acting, excellent score of yesteryear 80’s slashers. Perhaps the only downfall I can say about this film is that even though there’s great death scenes along with great editing of the deaths one can only imagine what if there was a little more in the budget to do over the top gore. However though perhaps that may take away from the film itself making it to be a “Dark comedy” when in reality Chris is bringing an interesting story with dialogue that runs smoothly along with rapport of the actors that keep you interested to where he reminds you this is still a horror movie all the way to the bloody finale  that didn’t disappoint with the big reveal of why this is happening. There are little Easter eggs of a Golden Girls reference, to even a name drop of David Cronenberg which you should be able to catch briefly. The film will be released early 2019 along with a few screenings in the UK. When given the chance go out and buy this film or rent it to avoid being Triggered from retailers who are sold out.

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Bandit Motion Pictures : The Bad Man

Bandit Motion Pictures : The Bad Man

The Bad Man, the newest release  from the creative mind of Scott schirmer and all the crew at bandit motion pictures have done it again with what is probably their darkest film yet. Scott Schirmer (writer /director/producer Plank Face, Harvest Lake , Found) brings you the story of a clown and a young couple.

The Bad Man stars Ellie Church (Plank Face, Frankenstein Created Bikers, Headless, Harvest Lake, Space Babes from Outer Space) as Mary, Jason Crowe (Space Babes from Outer Space, Harvest Lake) as P.J. and Arthur Cullipher as Lawernce the Clown.

The basis of the story is Mary and PJ are visiting a B&B that Mary’s recently deceased grandmother owned. While their Lawernce shows up claiming to have a previous reservation for the night. Reluctantly the couple agree and let Lawernce stay, …after all, its only for one night.

Mary awakens the next morning alone only to find Lawernce, who is now in clown makeup, carrying a unconscience , gagged and bound PJ around the house. Mary is quickly over powered after threatening to kill the clown by Clowns gimp, a slender man in black jeans, black boots and a gas mask.

The movie moves along with our young couple being drugged, raped, humiliated and tortured all while Clown is breaking their will and turning them each into his own creatures. Mary he now has dressed as a baby doll in white dress , with Betty Boop style make up and PJ is now his dog, on all fours, with a choker collar that the gimp has taken to in a not so friendly manner.

Now im not going to give away any spoilers on the ending, but the story moves on only to find out that this breaking of the will is a part of an entire sub culture where people own humans that are totally submissive,  broken spirited pets/slaves.

There is a nice cameo by Alyss Winkler as Mantis and Ellie Church does a great job as does Crowe, but Arthur Cullipher’s performance hands down made this film. Cullipher’s performance was simply brilliant and at times will give you chills. He is everything that clown fearing folk fear. From happy go lucky , laughing and giggling to as a circus clown does, to the sleaziest and most violent , all while in clown make up.

The Bad Man is a solid film but kind of a slow burn at times…but it always keeps you. A power that Scott Schirmer seems to have is to be able to never give away to much at once, but always keep his audience captive.

So did I like The Bad Man, YES!  The Bad Man a solid film that takes you down a very dark road!

 

Keep It Evil

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REVIEW: South Mill District (2018) (Short)

REVIEW: South Mill District (2018) (Short)

South Mill District is a short film by Joe Meredith. It’s his directorial debut and runs about 25 minutes. He does everything himself including write, film, produce, FX, act, and direct. Simply put: I loved this film. It was an amazing little shocker with tons of class and art.

In a world ravaged by an alien attack, we follow two post-apocalypse survivors Drennan (Joe Meredith) and Luci (Joe’s wife, the lovely Cidney Meredith). After the alien invasion, the EonCorp started experimenting with the havoc virus and used alien DNA in spiders to create a symbiotic relationship between the infected spiders and humans. The infected spiders consume and distort their human hosts until the regeneration process is complete. The EonCorp keeps the infected human hosts and mutant spiders contained in the South Mill District under quarantine.
South Mill District (2018) / Fair use doctrine.
For a first film and an Independent film, South Mill District is an ambitious project. The premise is a bit convoluted, and the film doesn’t have the luxury of a Hollywood budget, but it has a lot of heart. You can see and feel the amount of love that went into the making of this film. It’s beautifully shot in an excellent location that really captures the desolate post-apocalypse feel. The camera work is top-notch, and I adored the use of colored lighting.

What stands out the most is Joe’s artwork and the incredible creatures in this film. The use of stop motion to bring handmade aliens, spiders, fetuses, and other bizarre paper mâché creatures to life in this is gorgeous. Each creature is uniquely detailed, and you can see the painstaking care that went into each one. The crawly, bloody sound effects also help bring them to life, and the creatures definitely have a “Thing” vibe to them that fans will easily recognize.
South Mill District (2018) / Fair use doctrine.
Some of the highlights of South Mill District include Luci puking up her intestines, a walking brain, and many stop-motion spiders eating their hosts or emerging from the human wreckage.

I was really stoked to learn there is an upcoming sequel called Teratomorph, and I will keep everyone posted as I learn the details and watch out for my upcoming interview with Joe Meredith.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Terrifier (2017)

MOVIE REVIEW: Terrifier (2017)

Terrifier has hit Redbox recently and is now streaming — and trending — on Netflix, and wow what waves it is making! Terrifier is an 80s style horror film directed by Damien Leone, who brought us such title as All Hallows Eve (2013), Frankenstein vs. The Mummy (2015), and The 9th Circle (2008). The Indie horror film has a small cast that is lead by a brilliant performance from newcomer David Howard Thornton as Art the Clown, a rather sadistic homicidal clown.

The basis of the story is that two young ladies (Jenna Kanell and Catherine Corcoran) who are out partying on Halloween night get stranded in an old building due to a flat tire. One girl calls her older sister (Samantha Scaffidi) to come to the rescue and pick them up. Waiting for them inside is Art the Clown, who they had a small run in with at a local pizza joint earlier.

To say Terrifier is an amazing film would be inaccurate, but it is definitely a fun horror film. At times it has almost a slow burn feel, but it’s not a boring film by any means. There is a great deal of blood and gore in the film and a few scenes which I was rather surprised by. Sadly in the mix of the kill scenes, some were beyond expected and fairly gruesome, while others made you wonder just what kind of film you’re in for because of the cheese factor with certain special FX. The cheese factor, however, adds to its 80s feel and is actually charming.

The film does such a good job of creating the feel of an 80s slasher film that if the film had been released at that time, Art the Clown would easily be an iconic horror character today. I really don’t know if it’s the character or the performance because Thornton really brings Art the Clown to life!

In light of the recent trend of clown-based films, from Stephen King’s IT and a new Pennywise to Billy Pons’ Circus of the Dead (awesome fucking film, by the way), Art the Clown finds a way to make your skin crawl like no other. From a look that he gives to the way a clown would walk, he’s comical in his own sense while downright brutal as hell!

Terrifier, overall, is a fun bloodbath of an Indie horror with a great new killer character. So get out and rent, steam, whatever you gotta do, but check out Terrifier. Support the Indie horror scene, and be on the lookout for David Howard Thornton on the convention circuit.

Keep it Evil…

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